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Write Angles 3-09

Write Angles 3-09

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cover: John Steinbeck
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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Jun 21, 2010
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March 2009
W
rite
A
 ngles
1
Tableof  Contents
How Not to Be Funny at Your Own Expense
1
The View From the Helm
 AL Levenson 2
Guidelines for Submission to
Write Angles 2
Member News
 Anne Fox 3
Prevailing Winds
4
Tidbits
5
Free Workshops for CWC Members Only
5
AL Levenson Interviews JoAnnSmith Ainsworth
6-8
The Title Is Vital
W.E. Reinka
8
HOW NOT TO BE FUNNY AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE
Charlotte Cook, president of KOMENAR Publishing and the company’s acquisitions editor,received a cover letter with the followinginformation: “I’m sending you ten pages, but theyare from page 41 to 51 because that’s when the
main character makes her rst appearance.” How do you suppose Charlotte
reacted? By cringing? Collapsing at her desk in gleeful convulsions? Or did
she wonder: “When does the antagonist come in, page 248?”Fortunately, we don’t have to suppose. Charlotte, a longtime member of CWC, will be our featured speaker at the March 21 meeting. As an
editor, she has seen so many query letters, synopses, and sample chapters
cross her desk. Quite a few were memorable, though not in the way their authors had intended. She has honored the more remarkable of thesesubmissions by keeping them in a le she intends to open for our enjoyment.
Charlotte’s presentation will trigger guffaws or, even more likely,
self-lacerating snickers, but ridicule is not her purpose. She wants to help us
write better query letters, know how to approach publishers, and know how
to network. She also hopes to prepare us for a workshop for members only onApril 25. (For details, see the write-up in this issue of 
Write Angles
.) Titled:“An Acquisitions Editor Polishes Your First Pages,” the workshop willexamine actual submissions from members and correct mistakes. More
important, participants will learn how an editor thinks and what she looks
for, issues we often contemplate without the benet of rsthand knowledge.
So, come to the March meeting and savor the hilarious and the
wise. Then go home, think about your query letter, and rene the rst three
manuscript pages of your novel or short story in preparation for the April
workshop. At both events, Charlotte will answer questions that abound and
astound, including those like the one from a writer who wanted to know what
she considered “a good word count for a ctional manuscript.”
- David Baker 
M
arch
M
eeting
:
Saturday, March 21, 2009.Social Hour: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Meeting and Program: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
 
Event Loft, Barnes & Noble Book Store
Jack London Square, Oakland.
Cover Photo Series
:
Distinguished Writersof California
John Steinbeck 
 
March 2009
W
rite
A
 ngles
2
The View From The Helm
For years, the CaliforniaWriters Club has proclaimed itself the oldest writers’ club in the
country, an assertion rmly
anchored in the history of theBerkeley Branch, founded in
1909.
However, according tothe Web site of the National PressClub
(npc.press.org/about/history.cfm)
: “On March 12, 1908,thirty-two newspapermen met at the Washington Chamber of 
Commerce to discuss starting a club for journalists. At the meeting
they agreed to meet again on March 29, 1908 in the F Street parlor of the Willard Hotel to frame a constitution for the National Press
Club.”
In the CWC’s centennial year we learn we’ve been guilty of 
a false claim. Although the splendor of our grand old club is
undiminished by the revelation, it would be hubris to continue the
claim of absolute primacy. As president of the Berkeley Branch of 
the California Writers Club,
the oldest writers’ club in thecountry west of Washington, D.C.
, I tip my hat in homage to our 
more senior colleagues on the right coast.
* * *
This month you will see the rst hints of change in
Write Angles,
the result of more fundamental improvements.
Until now, most articles by members have been requested
 by the editor. Beginning with this issue, we make a general call for submissions and queries. In this issue you will nd guidelines and
our brand-new dedicated e-mail address for members’ submissions
and feedback.
Still invisible but in the works is an exciting enhancementto
Write Angles
. With submissions open only to members of BB,
Write Angles
will add July and August issues devoted entirely to
ction, nonction, and poetry. Look for guidelines and submission
instructions in the next issue of 
Write Angles
.
- AL Levenson, President
 
Guidelines forSubmissionto
Write Angles
:
1. Submit at any time an
unsolicited article aboutthe writing experience and
the writer experience.2. Unsure if your topicqualies? Query.3. Deadline for assigned articles is the 15thof the month prior to publication.4. Ideal article length: 225, 350, 450, 700,900, 1,350 words.5. We reserve the right to edit for clarity,accuracy, and length.6. We welcome photo submissions for the
Write Angles
cover, and we also seek 
images with a tie-in to writers.7.
New for 2009
: You may submit
ction, personal story, and poetry at anytime. These are published only in the July
and August issues of 
Write Angles
.E-mail: WriteAngles@GMail.com
Submissions for Member News to
writefox@aol.com

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